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Hepatitis B Vaccination
A series of 3 injections of vaccine is recommended to achieve optimal protection against hepatitis B infection. It is generally well tolerated for people of all ages. The schedule is as follows:
Persons at high risk should receive pre-exposure hepatitis B immunisation. These include:
It is generally well tolerated. Common side effects include local pain over the injection sites, fatigue, muscle pain, fever, nausea, diarrhoea and headache. Serious hypersensitivity reactions including oedema, shortness of breath, chest discomfort or palpitations are uncommon, and occurred within the first few hours after vaccination.
Those who have hypersensitivity to yeast or any other component of the vaccine should not receive the vaccine.
Last revision date: 10 October 2012